Following every UFC and Invicta FC event, The MMA Corner will break down the event and suggest fights the promotion should make in the future. This week, our focus is on UFC on Fox 8, which took place on July 27 from the KeyArena in Seattle.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez/Jussier “Formiga” da Silva winner

In the main event of UFC on Fox 8, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defended his flyweight title against John Moraga.

Johnson dominated Moraga for the first four rounds by using his speed to land numerous takedowns and control the fight. In the fifth round, with just over a minute remaining, Johnson found an opportunity to lock up the arm of his opponent to force Moraga to tap.

Since winning the inaugural title at UFC 152 against Joseph Benavidez, “Mighty Mouse” has defended his crown twice in 2013. His third title defense could come against a familiar name.

Johnson has talked about possibly having a superfight against a 135-pound fighter, but he hasn’t cleaned out the flyweight division yet to earn the ability to look elsewhere.

Benavidez, who could have been the champion right now had he not been edged out by split decision, will be the next guy in line for a title shot. Since losing to Johnson, Benavidez has won his last two fights over Ian McCall and Darren Uyenoyama and is the highest ranked challenger. If the Team Alpha Male member can get past Jussier Formiga at UFC Fight Night 28 on Sept. 4, he will earn his rematch.

If Formiga wins, it’s hard to argue against the Brazilian getting the next shot. A win over Benavidez would improve his record to 2-1 in the UFC, and if he wins in impressive fashion, his stock will rise as a potential threat to the champion.

Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler

Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler are two welterweights who earned wins on Saturday.

MacDonald defeated Jake Ellenberger by unanimous decision in a highly anticipated bout. However, the fight did not live up to the hype. It was a slow-paced contest, with MacDonald jabbing his way to a win after Ellenberger was unable to find success when standing with the Canadian.

Lawler, on the other hand, delivered an impressive performance by knocking out Bobby Voelker with a head kick in the second round. With this win, on top of his first-round TKO over Josh Koscheck, Lawler remains in contention in the 170-pound division.

MacDonald is the future of the division, but he didn’t deliver with a great performance and therefore his stock won’t rise a ton following the win. Even though MacDonald is ranked several spots above Lawler, the Canadian still needs to prove that he is a legit No. 1 contender, and a fight with “Ruthless” makes a lot of sense.

UFC President Dana White wasn’t pleased with MacDonald’s performance and will want to see him again to determine what his future holds. For Lawler, this would be a huge opportunity to knock off one of the top contenders and replace MacDonald’s name with his own in the title mix.

Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis

Former title challenger Liz Carmouche bounced back from her loss to Ronda Rousey with a win over 21-year-old Brazilian Jessica Andrade.

The win won’t immediately put “Girl-Rilla” back at the top of the 135-pound women’s division, but she is among those with a chance to get the next crack at the champion.

Up next for Carmouche should be a match-up against Alexis Davis.

Davis picked up her first win in the UFC in June with a unanimous decision against Rosi Sexton. She has won her last three fights dating back to her time with Invicta FC.

In terms of the rankings, Carmouche vs. Davis makes perfect sense. The winner would move a notch up the ladder to a position where a No. 1 contender fight would be await them.

Jorge Masvidal vs. Melvin Guillard

Eight lightweights were featured on the FX prelim card, with the two biggest winners being Jorge Masvidal and Melvin Guillard.

Masvidal took on Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa in the featured prelim bout and submitted him with one second remaining in the second round. “Gamebred” has now won his last three fights and said he would like a legitimate opponent for his next bout, rather than an undefeated prospect.

He could get his wish in a UFC veteran like Guillard, who earned a knockout victory over Mac Danzig. The win earned Guillard “Knockout of the Night” honors, but more importantly, he avoided dropping his third fight in a row.

As far as styles, this fight would be a barnburner. Masvidal is one of the best boxers in the lightweight division, and Guillard possesses massive power in his hands. If this match-up is made, fireworks would go off when these two step inside the cage.

Photo: Demetrious Johnson (R) sets up an armbar (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.